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Since Flanders is about the size of the state of Connecticut in the US, it's no surprise that it's an easy place to travel around. All of our cities are really close to each other and accessible by train or car.
English is widely spoken and Flemish people are always ready to help out!
Customs and immigration
- US & Canadian citizens do not require a visa for stays of less than 90 days.
- Other nationalities should check with the Beglian Embassy or nearest Consulate Office for visa requirements.
- European citizens (of countries belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA)) need a valid ID or a passport that has to have a minimum validity of three months on the departure date.
More information on www.diplomatie.be
The Belgian currency unit is the EURO (euro) €
Money can be changed at ATM’s, in banks, at the airport and main railway stations, at some hotels and in exchange offices, many of which are open on Sundays.
Foreign exchange traffic is not regulated. There is no limit on the amount of foreign currency which may be brought in or out of the country.
Euro notes are issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros. Coins come in denominations of 1 and 2 Euro, and 5, 10, 20, 50, 1 and 2 cent pieces.
To get the most current exchange rate : http://www.xe.com/ucc/
Credit Cards & ATM
All major cards are accepted (Visa, American Express, Diners Club and Euro card)
ATM machines are available in all major cities and at Brussels International Airport
In case of emergency, you can dial # 112 (equivalent to 911 in the US)
For more information on Belgian medical services to foreign patients, visit Healthcare Belgium.
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Shops are open from Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm. Most shops are closed on Sundays, except in Brussels at the Gallerie St Hubert and gift shops near the Grand Place. Bakeries and patisseries also open on Sunday mornings.
Post Office Hours are Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 12:00pm and 2:00pm - 5:00pm.
Brussels Post Office (Avenue Fonsny Office at Brussels Midi Station) is open Monday to Saturday from 7:00am to 10:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am to 10:00pm.
Stamp for standard postcard or letter from Belgium to the USA = Euro 0.80 (max 50gr).
Stamps may be purchased at news stands and souvenir shops.
Post boxes are red and marked "Post/Poste".
Banks are open Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm and are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Some banks close for an hour during lunch.
Travelling with pets
Traveling with Pets Official Regulations
Information from the Belgian Embassy website.
Additional information on flying with pets.
Dial 00 + Country Code 32 + City Code:
Calling within Belgium
When calling a Belgian number within the country always dial (0) + city code + number.
Find a business or residence
The Golden Pages : to find a business number
The White pages : to find a residence
Calling cards are available in post offices, train stations, book stores, newspaper stands, supermarkets, convenience stores and Belgacom Teleboutiques.
Take both coins and phone cards. Public phone that display stickers showing flags of different countries can be used to make international calls with operator assistance.
- 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1)
- 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time
- 9 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time
People with disabilities
Flanders, an accessible holiday destination for all
The Accessible Travel Info Point
Your barrier-free holidays in Flanders and Brussels! The Accessible Travel Info Point is a service of Tourism Flanders that provides you with free and independent travel information:
- Museums and attractions
- Travel organisations
- Holiday reports en tips from disabled travellers
More information on travelling with a disability can be found on www.accessinfo.be. For free information tailored to your needs call +32 2 504 03 40 or mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accessible accommodation in Flanders and Brussels
When searching for an accessible hotel, guesthouse, youth hostel etc., look for the A or A+ label.
Accessibility label A+
This holiday accommodation has obtained the Flemish label for accessible tourism, level A+. This means that it can be considered to be comfortably and independently accessible for visitors with a disability.
This holiday accommodation has obtained the Flemish label for accessible tourism, level A. This means that it can be considered to have basic accessibility. Such accommodations are still usable for most people with limited mobility, but extra effort or a helper may be needed.
Tourism Flanders awards an accessibility label to holiday accommodation after a thorough examination on site. Following items are assessed: the access walkway from the public road, the entrance and the reception area, the public toilets, the restaurant or the dining room, the bedroom with corresponding bathroom and the corridors between these components.
Often-used reference measurements are:
- Doors: 50 cm (19.7 inch) of free space at the side of the handle
- Doors and aisles: at least 85 cm (33.5 inch) wide everywhere
- Slope: 5 to maximum 10%, depending on the length of the ramp
- Circulation area: free turning radius of 150 x 150 cm (59.1 x 59.1 inch)
- Lift: at least 110 cm (43.3 inch) wide, 140 cm (55.1 inch) deep
- Roll-in shower: threshold maximum 2 cm (0.787 inch), shower seat with support handle or shower (wheel) chair with arm supports
- Free space next to a toilet or shower seat: 90 cm (35.4 inch)
- Free space in front of a toilet or shower seat: 120 cm (47.2 inch)
- Washbasin able to accommodate wheelchairs: clearance 70 cm (27.6 inch), depth 40 cm (15.7 inch) and width 90 cm (35.4 inch)
- Table able to accommodate wheelchairs: same as washbasin, but depth is at least 60 cm (23.6 inch)
- Bed: the height of the top is between 46 (18.1) and 54 cm (21.3 inch)
More information on travelling with disabilities
The Accessible Travel Info Point has put together several brochures with information on travelling with a disability in Flanders and Brussels. The brochures can be downloaded by clicking the links below or by visiting www.accessinfo.be .
- Accessible transport : public transport (train, bus, tram, subway), private transport (bus companies with lift bus, wheelchair accessible taxis) and tips for those travelling by plane.
- Accessible day trips : museums, attractions, guided tours, restaurants, pubs…
- Accessible cycling and hiking : hiking and cycling routes, accessible bikes rental.
- Accessible tourist information centers and visitor centers.
- Accessibility in Flanders Fields.
Accessible Travel Info Point – Visit Flanders
T +32 2 504 03 40
F +32 2 504 04 05